AAA releases online tool to help seniors on medications drive safely

By WEEK Reporter

AAA releases online tool to help seniors on medications drive safely

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM CDT

AURORA, Ill -- AAA Chicago announced Wednesday Roadwise Rx, a tool to help seniors undersand how medications may affect their ability to drive safely.

According to a release from the AAA, more than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, but only half have talked to a medical professional about possible safety issues related to driving.

Roadwise Rx is designed to show users common side effects of both prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Due to chronic medical conditions, older adults often must take multiple medications.  Certain medications, like antidepressants, have been shown to increase crash risk by up to 41 percent.

"With seniors often visiting primary and specialty doctors regarding their different health care needs, it is important for each provider to know all medications being consumed," said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago.  "Roadwise Rx lets users move beyone the old-fashioned 'brown bag' review with an easy way to virtually pool together their medications and talk to their doctors."

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